An immunization program has been started at the beginning of the year to defeat the coronavirus in the country. Now the second phase of vaccination will start soon. In this, about 27 crore beneficiaries aged 60 years and above will be vaccinated by Kovid-19. This phase is divided into two groups. One group will receive the free vaccine while the other group will have to pay for the vaccine.
Vaccination of both groups will begin early next month. Preference will be given to people above 60 years of age. Senior officials said that the government has also decided that in the second phase of vaccination, beneficiaries can choose a different state except for the state in which they live according to the voters’ list.
According to The Indian Express report, a government source said, ‘There will be two pre-defined groups (in the next phase of vaccination). The government will define which group will receive the free dose (vaccine). At the time of registration, the beneficiaries will know whether they are eligible for free immunization or not.
“Who will get the vaccine for free and who will have to bear the cost of it themselves, the final details will be shared soon,” the source said. Let us tell you that the first phase of vaccination started from 16 January. In this, the central government had to bear the entire cost of vaccinating the priority groups of health and primary personnel.
Officials said the next phase of vaccination would begin in the ‘first week of March’. He said, ‘The priority group will be 50 years and above. 60 years and above will be given priority within this group. They have to get registered first. Sources said that in the next phase, the information given by the beneficiaries at the time of self-registration will be checked on the basis of voter list and Aadhaar data.
Meanwhile, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written to the states to increase the speed of vaccination and to vaccinate at least four days every week. In the letter, he has stated that all public health facilities are being mapped to cold chain points, finalized by the states.